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What is Placement Centre?

The Placement Centre is the first part of the three part of CARS & STARS Online. It is used to assess the students reading comprehension and then place them on a correct reading level.

CARS & STARS is based on reading comprehension, not year level. Students in the same year level may have different levels of comprehension. Therefore, students that are in the same class can be in different CARS & STARS levels. The Placement Centre evaluation ensures the student is placed on the correct reading level based on its ability.

If you found that some students are experiencing difficulties on the placement test, it is recommended that the students re-take the placement test with a lower reading level. For more information on changing the student recommended placement level, click here.

For more information on the duration of the placement tests, click here.

For more information on controlling the placement test settings, click here.

For more information on how your student gets through the placement test, click here.

Please note: We have upgraded the placement test reporting to provide teachers with more details about their student placement results. The starting level percentage and the finishing level with its percentage will only be available for students that have started their placement tests from Saturday, 15 September 2018.
 
When your students begin to use CARS & STARS Online, the first thing they must do is complete the placement test. This will determine each student’s reading level so that you will be able to place them into the right reading level.
 
Once each student has completed the placement test, a recommended reading level will be assigned to them within the Recommendation column. The result displayed in the Status column is based on a student’s results from their starting level to their finishing level, and will indicate whether a student has Maintained, Struggled or Excelled in the placement tests.
 
If a student achieves less than a 50% correct response rate on the placement test, the Placement Centre will recommend that they continue to move down one reading level until a suitable reading level is reached. If a student achieves between a 50% to 90% correct response rate, they will be placed at the current reading level. If a student's performs exceedingly well and achieves a 90% or more correct response rate, the student will continue to move up one reading level until a suitable reading level has achieved. As defined by the Placement Centre, a student's suitable reading level will be reached when they achieve a 50% to 90% correct response rate.
 
Under View Placement Test Results, beside each student name you will see: Date Tested, Starting Level & Percentage, Finishing Level & Percentage, Status and Recommendation. The student status will be briefly described as follows (detailed explanations can be found under How to Read the Placement Table):
 
  • IN PROGRESS – The student is still currently working on the placement tests. The placement test results may be inconclusive at this point and will require the students to take additional placement tests to determine their suitable reading level.
  • EXCELLED – The student has completed the placement test(s) and it is recommended that they proceed at a higher reading level than their starting level.
  • MAINTAINED – The student has completed the placement test(s) and it is recommended that they proceed at the same reading level as their starting level.
  • STRUGGLED – The student has completed the placement test(s) and it is recommended that they proceed at a lower reading level than their starting level.
  • REASSIGNED – The teacher has reassigned the student's reading level.
 
How to Read the Placement Table
 
The image below shows an example of the Placement Table after three students have completed their placement tests:
 
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The columns contain the following information:
 
Name - the name of the student who completed the placement test. You may click on the name of the student to find out all the placement test attempted by the student over the years.
 
Date Tested – the date when the student completed the last placement test.
 
Starting Level & Percentage – Starting Level indicates the initial reading level at which the student began their placement test, and Percentage indicates the number of correct responses they gave in percentage (%) format. How to determine a student’s Starting Level will depend on the teacher's awareness of students' reading ability. The Percentage value will determine whether the student is required to take another placement test at a lower or higher reading level, or remain on the same level.
 
Finishing Level & Percentage – Finishing Level indicates the last reading level at which the student completed their placement test, and the Percentage indicates the number of correct responses in percentage (%) format. 
 
The placement test attempts, Starting Level & Percentage and Finishing Level & Percentage will determine each student's Status while undertaking placement test(s) and the Recommendation regarding their reading level.
 
Status – the student's performance after having completed the placement test(s). The final statuses will be Excelled, Maintained or Struggled. These statuses do not require additional placement tests. In Progress indicates that additional placement testing is required to determine the student’s suitable reading level.
 
Recommendation – the recommended reading level for the student.
 
The student's status and its detailed descriptions as follow:
  • IN PROGRESS – The student is still currently working on the placement tests. The placement test results may be inconclusive at this point and will require the student to take additional placement tests to determine their suitable reading level. 
  • EXCELLED - The student has completed the placement test at their starting level and has achieved a 90% or more correct response rate. The student should attempt to take placement tests at a higher reading level until their suitable reading level is achieved. The EXCELLED status appears when the recommended reading level is higher than the student’s starting level.
  • MAINTAINED – The student has completed the placement test at their starting level and has achieved a 50% to 90% correct response rate. Or, the student had excelled at their starting level, but has struggled with the higher-level placement test, and so their recommended reading level should remain the same as their starting level. The MAINTAINED status appears when the recommended reading level is the same as the student’s starting level.
  • STRUGGLED – The student has completed the placement test and experienced difficulties at their starting reading level, i.e. the student achieved less than a 50% correct response rate. The student should attempt to take placement tests at a lower reading level until their suitable reading level is achieved. The STRUGGLED status appears when the recommended reading level is lower than the student’s starting level.
  • REASSIGNED – The teacher has reassigned the student's reading level.

Once the Placement Centre has placed the students in their recommended reading level, they should remain on that level the whole year. If the students are struggling with certain reading strategies, they can use the Focus on Reading books for improvement. If they are excelling at the recommended reading level, they can use the Extensions in Reading to progress.

However, if the students are really struggling and the CARS Pretests showed that they are in the wrong reading levels, the teacher will place them to lower reading level for the rest of the year.

To download a copy of the Placement Book, click here

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